Dispatches from Million Week - Monday

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS -- Monday morning of Arlington Million week always feels like the calm before the storm.  This year was no exception.

For the most part, it's indiscernible from a normal day's morning workouts.  Horses galloped, identified only by their trainer's saddle towels.  Most of the stakes horses slated to run this Saturday have not yet arrived; several who have are still in quarantine.

There were a few hints that a special week was afoot.  There was banter about the Million, and a few people were trying to catch a glimpse of a Festival horse if they could.  Tryster, who arrived from Newmarket on Thursday, did go out today.  But, he had gotten his exercise by the time the first train from the city arrived at the racetrack.  Another Festival horse came out to the track later in the morning, American St. Leger (GIII) pre-entrant Hart Hills Road.  A distinctive grey son of Tapit, the Michael Campbell trainee has been running on the Chicago circuit since 2013.  Though he has run most of his career on the grass, the race will be his first try at a marathon distance.

Scroll down for the photo gallery, and enjoy the sights of Million Week getting underway!

All photos by Nicolle Neulist.

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